6 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—but also one of the most stressful! Make the season more enjoyable by stopping stress in its tracks with these expert tips.

With the gift-giving, the cooking, the decorations and the parties, the holidays can seem to be more like work than a vacation. We’ve asked the experts, and here’s how to make the most of your holiday season.

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2Seek a fresh perspective.

Make a change. Take one task that drives you crazy during the holidays and tackle it in a new way. A fresh approach just might make a difference. For example, if you dread having to send out holiday cards, enlist your husband and split the list.

3 Be satisfied with “good enough.”

“Don’t always go for bigger and better,” when planning your holiday, advises Loretta LaRoche, author of Life Is Not a Stress Rehearsal. “Does the tree have to be bussed in from the hinterlands of Alaska?” she quips. “Isn’t a little bush enough?”

4Throw away your shopping list.

LaRoche forgoes the stress of shopping for family members in favor of sharing special moments and experiences. She may treat loved ones to a holiday show, for example, or breakfast at a fancy hotel. “Instead of having a package to rip open, we have this wonderful day together,” she says.

5 Drop expensive, high-stress rituals.

If you’re dragging your kids off to see The Nutcracker—it’s a tradition!—but they’re whining every step of the way, make a switch. True, families thrive on traditions, but it’s less about the event itself, which your kids may have outgrown, and more about time together. If your kids are complaining, drop expensive, high-stress rituals in favor of something simple and universally appealing, like a Christmas Eve chocolate-chip pancake feast.

6Focus on what’s most important.

That massive pile of holiday cards needs to get mailed ASAP, but just the thought of it gives you writer’s cramp? “Refocus on what’s most important to you,” says life coach Linda Hedberg. “If you’re overwhelmed with dozens of cards to send out, ask yourself, Which are the 10 most important ones?” Send those and put the rest on the back burner. Or just send an e-card to everyone on your list. Bonus: It’s eco-friendly!

This article was taken from: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/wellness/g2044/how-to-have-a-stress-free-christmas/

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